A WOMAN who became a virtual prisoner in her own home because of mental health issues has battled back and won a good neighbour award.

Community stalwart Sheila Campbell, 60, from Trinity Avenue in Llandudno, was honoured at a housing association’s special day celebrating the lives of older people. More than 200 tenants of Cartrefi Conwy from across the county attended the Older Person’s Day at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

The highlight of the day was a glittering Oscars style awards ceremony in which tenants were honoured for their voluntary work in the community.

Among them was Sheila who overcame mental health issues to be named as the joint winner of the Outstanding Neighbour Award for tending the communal garden in Trinity Avenue and being an all round good person who will do anything for anyone. The nomination described her as a good listener and a truly outstanding neighbour.

According to Sheila, she was gobsmacked after she was called to the stage to collect the award from Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders and Bill Hunt, the Cartrefi Conwy tenant board member.

She said: ‘My husband Wally and I have lived at Trinity Avenue for eight years. To win this award is just fantastic and I never expected anything.

“I’ve never won anything like this before. I’m so grateful to the neighbours who nominated me.”